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“A great small hotel in a area full of Restaurants and Bars”
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The Orchid Hotel
Ranked #37 of 6,491 Hotels in Beijing
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Bay Area CA
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5 reviews
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“A great small hotel in a area full of Restaurants and Bars”
Reviewed 23 July 2013

Stayed here for three night.
The staff were friendly and very helpful. We had the garden room which was a good size.
The hotel is very close to some wonderful restaurants. With a delicious dumpling place right across the alley.
It may be a little difficult to find, but definitely worth it.
They serve a delicious breakfast with many choices on the patio overlooking the garden .
Highly recommend.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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Reviewed 22 July 2013

My boyfriend and I stayed here for 5 nights in June/July 2013 and it was really incredible. The only real issue with the place is that it is really hard to find. We used the map they provided to walk from the subway and it took forever and we got really lost. So perhaps get a taxi instead. Also, most of the taxis won't drive you down the Hutong so look for Mr Shi's dumplings and it is on the opposite side of the road down a very narrow lane. Once you find it though, you will feel instantly at home. Lu was waiting to greet us and gave us our welcome box which included a mobile phone which we could use to call to hotel at any time should we get lost or need assistance. The rooms were beautiful and had comfy beds, rainforest showers and nice goji berry products. We stayed in one of the Courtyard rooms for 4 nights but at the last minute added another night and stayed in the Yang room which had a private terrace - lovely!! The breakfast was delicious (I recommend number 5) and the coffee was also excellent. Thanks to all the staff at the Orchid, I wouldn't hesitate to return.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Hong Kong, China
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Reviewed 16 July 2013

Stayed here for two nights over the weekend. Paid the same dollar amount for the cost of a room at the Grand Hyatt or Ritz Carlton (using our company corp rate) but my sis has not been to BJ for almost a decade and we wanted the hutong experience. The location was walking distance to quite a few places we visited, ie. the lama temple and the fantastic king's joy restaurant across from the temple, it was also on the way to TRB the Temple Restaurant via the south drum tower street. The Yin room had a private area and the bedroom area was on a slightly higher level vs the sofa and closet and gave a sense of space that the other rooms did not.
The welcome box with a fully charged local cell phone was great and I loved their map with ideas of sights/restaurants to visit. My sister loved the home made banana bread and I just loved the amenities.

A couple of negatives. 1) We were dropped off at the intersection at the main road and the hutong. If we had luggage it would have been less convenient, though it is only 300 m to the hotel. 2) we got bitten by mossies even though Bj is so dry and mossies almost rare at this time of the year (actually not even sure it was mossies but they were flying in the room at night)

Overall I consider this to be a high end backpacker/flashpacker's type of hotel, but well worth visiting for the hutong experience and I would come back just to experience the area more.

  • Stayed July 2013
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Birmingham, Alabama
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6 reviews
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Reviewed 11 July 2013

We spent 7 nights at The Orchid in June 2013, and we were pleased with the accommodations and were thoroughly delighted with the staff. Our room was small, but comfortable; however, it would have been a bit cramped, if we had spent a lot of time in the room. Larger rooms are available, and we will try to stay in a larger room on our next visit to Beijing.

The staff was excellent--friendly, courteous, and extremely helpful--from email information prior to our arrival through our entire stay. There was no hesitancy (or charge) for arranging for tickets to an acrobatic show (which we also recommend), travel tickets (train), and dinner reservations. Each time we had a question about where to go or how to get there, the staff was able to provide the information we needed (including transportation when necessary). Also, we had a problem with one of our credit cards, and the staff was instrumental in helping us to resolve that situation.

Breakfast on the roof at The Orchid was a great way to start the day, and drinks on the roof were a great way to end the day.

We found that the hotel's location in the Hutong was convenient to several sights and to the subway for reaching other parts of the city. "Living" in the hutong provided a great way to see an important part of Beijing.

In the "for what it is worth" category, we are from the US and are in our mid-sixties. We were visiting our son, who lives in Beijing and teaches at an international school there.

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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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North Olympic Peninsula
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 July 2013

We wanted to find a place to stay for a few days before we started a formal tour and happened upon Orchid while reading in Trip Advisor. What a find! Absolutely lovely place with a staff that provided excellent help, advice, and good conversation. Breakfast was included and there were some nice choices. Location is a bit of a chore finding, but we did it from the airport using the Airport Express train and the subway and some walking. Room was wonderful. Bathroom was really nice. Some of the things we liked were the low key approach of the staff, a pleasant place to have breakfast, an area to relax on the roof above the kitchen, and lots of resources to help in getting to know Beijing. We would definitely return on our next trip to Beijing.

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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 July 2013 via mobile

We stayed at The Orchid for 2 nights at the end of June and at the end of our 5 day stay in Beijing. Like many other reviewers, our taxi wouldn't drop us at the hotel entrance so we did a little wandering around (including going into someone's house accidentally!!) to find it. Great to be in the hustle and bustle of the Hutongs though!
The staff were absolutely amazing - so friendly, helpful and welcoming. Nothing was too much trouble and they gave us suggestions for eating out as well as sorting us a taxi to the train station.
The room was a good size and had all the amenities you would expect. However.... Our garden room backed on to some sort of construction/building site so we were woken before 7am each morning. The Apple TV was a nice idea but we kept losing the connection so had to do a lot of manual rebooting.
Roof terrace was great for relaxing with a glass of wine (from an extensive wine list) after a busy day or exploring the city. Breakfast was superb too.

A couple of things to note:
- getting to the metro station is relatively easy but not a very nice walk
- get the hotel to book you a taxi should you need one as we spent 45mins waiting on the main road for one and in the end gave up. Taxi drivers refused to stop for us 'Western' folk.

Overall, we were a little disappointed with the hotel after reading so many high rated reviews but would recommend to anyone wanting to experience the real Beijing.

Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Bishops Stortford, England, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 July 2013

We stayed for a few days in June. This is a cracking place with lots of character in the heart of a hutong. The staff were particularly helpful throughout, with nothing being too much trouble. Many of the little touches made the whole experience so much easier, particularly the emails before arriving, the car service from the airport and the welcome pack. The room was clean and comfortable, whilst the roof top terrace was a great place to chill out for an hour with a drink after a manic day exploring the city and before heading out for dinner. We would heartily recommend this hotel to anyone wanting a Beijing adventure.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: The Orchid Hotel
Address: No.65 Baochao Hutong, Gulou East Street, Beijing 100009, China
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Region: China > Beijing > Houhai
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Airport Transportation
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Ranked #37 of 6,491 Hotels in Beijing
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — The Orchid Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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